Mr. Shannon to Mr. Foster.
Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Salvador,
Santa Tecla, Salvador , January 3, 1893 . (Receivecl February 10.)
Sir: Referring again to your No. 111 of November 3, 1892, I have the honor to report that on the 19th ultimo, the day following my arrival at San Salvador, I had my first conversation with Dr. Sol, the under secretary of state for foreign affairs, in regard to the Myers case, [Page 177] and I was told that my last two notes on the subject had been translated, and were all ready for consideration by the new minister for foreign affairs as soon as he should enter upon his duties.
On the 21st ultimo I had a fuller conversation with Dr. Sol upon the subject, and he expressed himself as very desirous of seeing a prompt and final settlement of the question, declaring that so far as he was concerned everything would be done to facilitate that result. He then showed me a telegram from Dr. Morales, the new minister for foreign affairs, appointing the 24th ultimo for my conference with him at the foreign office. On that day, however, I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Morales at the foreign office, as expected; but soon after my call he came to see me at my hotel.
I found him a most agreeable gentleman, full of pleasant reminiscences of his life at Washington two years ago, and recalling with much evident satisfaction the agreeable personal relations he then had with yourself.
It seems he had not yet entered formally upon his duties and so had not examined the papers in the Myers case; but he had already conversed with the President about the matter, and he proposed, as soon as possible, to give it his careful attention.
It was finally agreed that we should have another conference a few days later, thus allowing him the necessary time to go over the correspondence and consider the question.
On the 27th ultimo I received official notice that Dr. Morales had the day before entered upon his duties as minister for foreign affairs, and on the 28th ultimo we had our second conference, during which reference was made to the correspondence that had been carried on during the past year, and each expressed his views regarding the merits of the case.
Finally I made a suggestion as to the amount of indemnity, more or less, that would probably be acceptable to my Government. Dr. Morales then inquired if, in mentioning amounts, I meant “American gold,” and I replied that I did. He thereupon said he would at once confer with his excellency the President, and see me again the next day.
On the following day, the 29th, we met again, and while we were observing the troops at drill on the reviewing ground with the President and others, Dr. Morales informed me that he was authorized to offer me the sum of $2,500, United States gold, as a compensation in full and final settlement of the Myers claim. I at once accepted the offer.
Afterwards we had some conversation as to the form of the notes to be exchanged between us embodying the terms of the settlement.
On the 31st ultimo I received a note from Dr. Morales, under date of the 28th ultimo, in answer to my own note of the 26th of November to his predecessor, expressing entire willingness to personally confer with me whenever I desired upon the subject of the final settlement of the Myers claim.
I replied at once, and in the course of my note stated the result of our final conference, which had taken place two days before, and asked him to confirm my statement of the agreement reached, if found correct. This he did in a note of to-day’s date, and which he handed to me himself this evening when lie came to take leave of me. After I had read the note through, he remarked that as there had not been time to arrange for the draft before my departure, it would be sent to me by the following steamer.[Page 178]
Copies of the correspondence exchanged upon this subject are herewith respectfully submitted.
It is now my intention to set out for the coast to-morrow morning and sail on the steamer of the 5th instant for Corinto. Unless I take that steamer I shall be delayed here till nearly the end of the month.
I have, etc.,